I was told many helpful things, "this will not be the demise of you" or "it's a very treatable cancer." Good phrases meant to boost your recently dashed hopes. But no one could have prepared me for the number of surgeries that lay ahead. For the grief that would at times feel suffocating. For the isolation that comes with having cancer. For the anger that overpowers your life.
And now as I am going through many of these emotions again, I am trying to remind myself of what I learned 9 years ago. Much of what I faced was quite difficult but there was some good that came from it as well. And I have to remember that.
9 years ago today I became a Survivor.